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      Minnesota Taxpayers: File Your Taxes Now

      Posted on April 02, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      Governor Dayton and Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans encourage Minnesota Taxpayers to file their taxes now

      Governor Dayton and Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans encourage Minnesota Taxpayers to file their taxes now

      Minnesota Department of Revenue officials today told all taxpayers to file their tax returns NOW.  The news comes one day before the original target date.  For over one million taxpayers who have not yet filed, they can file now with forms and software that include the new tax law changes passed on March 21.

      “Many thousands of Minnesotans will benefit from the tax cuts that were passed by the Legislature just over one week ago. I urge Minnesotans to file their taxes now, and claim all the tax cuts and credits for which they are eligible,” said Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.

      “Completing the update one day early was a big accomplishment for Revenue staff working closely with our partners in the private sector” said Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans.

      All taxpayers should begin filing their taxes NOW and file on or before April 15, 2014, which is the deadline unless taxpayers ask the IRS for an extension. 

      Software Providers:  All Department of Revenue-certified tax software providers have updated their software to reflect the new tax law changes. Updated tax forms and schedules are also on our website here. The department advises taxpayers using desktop tax software on their personal computers to accept and install updates from their software provider so they are filing with the most up-to-date software.

      Change of Address:  Taxpayers who have changed addresses since their last filing should notify the department of their new address so refunds and correspondence from the department reach the correct destination.

      Who Qualifies?  About 300,000 taxpayers qualify for the new 2013 middle class tax breaks. These changes match the Minnesota tax forms more closely with federal forms and rules. If you properly claim these deductions on your federal return, they will be included in determining your Minnesota income tax. View a list of the benefits on our website to see if they apply to you.

      Already filed your return?  We will review it. If you qualify for a new deduction or credits, one of three things will happen after our review:

      1. We will adjust your return, if possible. We will send you a letter explaining the adjustment and send you a refund.
      2. We will request more information from you. We will use that information to adjust your return, if possible. We will send you a letter explaining the adjustment and send you a refund. 
      3. If we cannot adjust your return, we will notify you that you will need to file an amended return to get the benefits of these tax law changes. We advise you to not amend your return for these new deductions or credits until we notify you. You (or your tax preparer) may decide to amend your return for other reasons.

      Learn more about tax changes on the Minnesota Department of Revenue's website here.